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College of Veterinary Medicine Advance Newsletter

Message from the Dean: Final weeks as interim dean

Portrait of Bob Mealey
Summer is upon us, and here I am writing my last Advance column as interim dean. The days are long, the weather is beautiful, and our Class of 2020 graduated in May despite all the challenges presented by COVID-19. Our faculty have really stepped up to deliver our curriculum in creative and effective ways in the absence of face-to-face instruction, and our students have shown incredible resiliency. Our Class of 2021 senior students are now in their clinical rotations after a bit of a delay, and we are actively working on a hybrid approach to deliver our undergraduate, graduate and first through third year veterinary curricula in the fall using a mix of face-to-face and online instruction. » More ...

A Heart as Good as Gold: Susan Goebel

When she was four years old, Susan Goebel’s mom and dad took her Christmas shopping in Topeka, Kansas. It was her dad Wilbur’s job to keep Susan entertained while her mom, Betty, did the shopping. Knowing she loved animals, Wilbur took Susan to the pet section so she could see the kittens. But when it came time to leave to find Betty, Susan refused to go. “I am not going; I want my cat,” she said. Wilbur bought her a kitten. » More ...

Coming Together: 650 Masks and Counting

Wearing donated cloth masks
In their Oregon home, Liz and Frank Wallace have a well-orchestrated production line for making cloth masks. Frank draws around the template and cuts out the fabric. Liz does the sewing. Then Frank pulls out the pins and strings the elastic. “We are a production team,” says Liz. They started making masks for the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital after learning the hospital’s staff needed them to stay healthy while treating animal patients. » More ...

WSU sophomore wins national Goldwater scholarship for junior, senior years

Sean with his dog.
Washington State University genetics and cell biology major Sean Thompson has been awarded the prestigious national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship available to those intending to pursue careers in math, the natural sciences, or engineering. » More ...

They call her Lucy Sunshine

Portrait of Tami and Lucy. Lucy is wearing a Cancer Survivor scarf.
When Tami first found out Lucy had nasal cancer, she said she couldn’t even think about it.  But the doctors told her even though it is bad news, it is not the worst news because they could still treat her.  They told her that Lucy has a lot of happy days ahead of her with treatment. » More ...